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kfin

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  1. Forgot to update this. Nothing really to update. I was waiting on them to send me the "call tags" to send the remainder of the ammo back, but they had attached them to an email. Just sent them back. I did keep one of the damaged ones and one that had the black line through it. My gun is fine, took it apart, cleaned it up well and used it last weekend with my new Rudy Project glasses. I should get the bill from the eye doctor this week and will forward that to them as they requested. I'll post up when I hear something back from them. So far they have admitted nothing, promised nothing...as expected. But they have asked all the questions and made all the comments someone in my place would want to hear. They have actually been good to work through it with.
  2. Not to disagree with you but I think it is all relevant to one's point of view. I have worn Smith Guides Choice glasses for fishing for years...those are like $180 and all they do is let me see the fish better. lol I only wound up paying $135 for these. And most of the guys on here spend more on a new part for their guns than I could ever afford on an entire gun. So I think it is more of a prioritizing thing than just overpriced. Good toys cost money. Some people "need" a special brand more than others, and some just like one better than the other....doesn't make one right and one wrong, just different.
  3. I got a set of the Rydon glasses with the impactx-2 photchromic clear to laser red (hdr) lenses. Have shot with them 2 times so far and absolutely love them. Thanks for all of the suggestions and thoughts folks.
  4. Winchester called me while ago. She listened to my story, is sending a box to send them what I have left of the brass/shells/box. Pleasant lady, asked about doctor bills, asked about the shape of my gun and whether it needed to be taken to a gun smith. I sent her the pictures that I have posted here as well as the lot number for the ammo in question. Just don't want it to happen to somebody else if they can learn something from what is left and either change something or recall if necessary. Back to the eye doctor this morning and all is healing well. Another few days of drops and then I can wear contacts and shoot again.
  5. That is how they are packed, could be it is from the cardboard... The box was, and still is, in good shape. No damage of any kind.
  6. That is what I thought. It doesn't rub one as I tried to rub it off on one of them just to see. If I was sorting my brass to load, I'd throw that one away.
  7. I have not heard back from Winchester yet, but did not expect to as I sent the email to them Friday afternoon. We will see if they contact me this next week. I went through that batch of brass. It was actually separate as that was the only 45 I shot that day. 3 magazines of 7. I have 20 of the brass, lost one. The heck of it was that another one of them looks almost the same. Primer still in it but it is split almost all the way to the rim of the casing. I have a picture of it below. Also is another picture of one that was not fired. I don't shoot enough factory ammo to know if this is normal or not. Take a look at the line/scar/whatever that runs up the case. Is that normal? After going through the rest of the box, there are about 8 of them that look like this...again, I have never paid attention the few times that I shoot factory to know if this is normal.
  8. Thank you very much..sent you another pm with question.
  9. I had not thought of that, but honestly that is what it sounds like. It is a Remington R1S. I have not shot it much, probably 1000 rounds and have not shot this particular one for about a year. I put about 30 through it yesterday and it was fine but then failed on the last magazine through that gun. If this is what it was, what would cause this? Bad magazine? Bad recoil spring? Something not put back together correctly? Never had a problem with this gun before. And I did not have time to take it apart tonight yet to check it.
  10. ANother question....I wear muffs, not plugs...do these fit under them well enough to be comfortable and also not break the seal?
  11. Thanks for the suggestions on places. I'll check them out this weekend and get some shortly. Just so I am sure...they have what appear to be the same glasses on a few sites that are 100 cheaper but it does not say impactx lens....The impactx is what I want, correct?
  12. I checked out Winchester's site, no phone number so I submitted an email to them with the general gist of the situation. We will see if they contact me. If not, I'll try again. The Sheriff is a friend of mine, he looked at the brass today and he has never seen one split that way either. I still can't figure out how the thing got out of the gun personally. And whoever said it above about I shouldn't have taken off my glasses...absolutely right. Admittedly, I don't always wear them but did until that last magazine yesterday. I will order a set of nice glasses and doubt seriously if I ever shoot without them again. Bullet dodged, and lesson learned. If I hear back from Winchester I will post up.
  13. After the Winchester explosion, I am considering getting a pair of Rudy Project Rydon glasses. I am assuming that a shooter would want the impactx or impactx2 lens, which doubles the price from what I can see. $275 https://www.e-rudy.com/en/products/detail/SN798842MR Am looking here. In researching on here it seems there are discount codes one can use? Or is there a better place to get them so not to drop that much? Thanks,
  14. Just got back from the eye doctor. One piece of metal that went into the eyeball, 4 or 5 pieces of "black flakes" (probably gun powder. The numbed it up and cleaned it all out. Drops for the weekend to heal it, then followup visit Monday. If it is healing well, they will put me on a steroid to minimize the scarring. Good thing was the piece of metal that was in there was off to the side of the eye. Off to research some good shooting glasses.
  15. I probably should contact Winchester but seriously doubt anything would come of it other than me sitting on hold for a few hours and them "looking into it". I have not gone over the gun really well, but it appeared to be fine. The 7th round was stove piped, the one that failed was the 6th. I'll go over the gun tonight.
  16. Well, I went out to shoot a few last night at the house. Usually I wear my glasses when I shoot and did last night. I was gathering my stuff up to quit after about 150 rounds and decided to shoot one more magazine of Winchester white box 230 gr in my 45. For whatever reason, my glasses were already off so I did not put them back on. First 5 shots were great and then the 6th went boom...something felt like it hit me in the face, looked at my hand and there was blood on it and my eye hurt....The 7th round had gotten half fed and was jammed in the slide. Found the brass, after looking at it apparently when it split the primer blew out and that is probably what hit me in the face. Black eye, something is in there. Heading to the eye doctor now. I don't think it is bad but just wanted to remind all to wear the glasses at all times...probably preaching to the choir in this group but... Had never seen a factory load do this.
  17. A friend of mine is coming up in a month or so to do some visiting and shooting. He has 3 357 magnums that will be making the trip. I am going to pick up a 2 cavity Lee mold and make us up a few cast lead bullets. Anybody got a favorite bullet just for plinking some targets? I have not taken a look at the manuals and have no clue what to load up yet. Would love to hear some of your guys choices for this caliber. Never loaded it before. Thanks, Keith
  18. Lot of good info here, most of which was not known by me. I appreciate the time you guys took to shed the light on it. Thanks again
  19. Already got them, just did not list them above....thanks
  20. So in order to not make it complicated more than it should be....if I find a lead bullet the same weight as what I am shooting, I could probably use those min/max and work one up myself? It really isn't going to make that much difference if it is a LRN or a LSWC is it for plinking rounds? I understand that jacketed bullets, plated bullets and lead bullets have different compression rates which would also effect the pressure...but lead is lead, surely to god bullet shape could not make that much difference as long as they were close to the same alloy. Thanks
  21. I used to reload quite a bit and have not for a long time. Had a good mentor back in the day who shot competition so my "load data" was just a copy of his. I have still loaded all of my rifles since then but have always loaded the same bullets/powder combinations. I have definitely been a "if it ain't broke don't fix it" kind of guy. We always used 700X for 45s and seems to me it was either 5.0 or 5.2 grains (been a while) but that is basically irrelevant for my questions. My questions come from respect of what we are actually doing, I know it is safe as long as the guidelines are followed. I also cast my own lead bullets for my pistol, which I now have a few of and also in new calibers. When looking at the loads in my manuals....I have the hornady book from 1985, a couple of the books that only have a single caliber in them for a huge variety of bullets, the new Lyman manual, the new Lyman cast bullet manual, and have been looking at the load data on the Hodgdon site. What I have found is interesting to me, probably totally old school for you guys but I will ask anyway. For the same bullet.....why does this collection of sources all have different data for both starting loads AND maximum loads? That just doesn't seem right to me. I was getting my press all set up to do some 9mm tonight with titegroup and looked in the lyman book, starting load for my bullet was 3.3 grains, max load was 3.7 grains. I set the powder measure to do 3.3 grains and was going to load a dozen or so at 3.3, 3.5, and 3.7 to check and see if they all even cycled my Glock 19 and 34 and then go from there. How does a person know where to start? I would feel pretty comfortable taking load advice on this site, but there are VERY few places that I would take that kind of advice from on the internet....just not going to go there. Secondly...looking at the online Hodgdon data since I have it in front of me, my manuals I forgot and left in the shed...what is the difference in a 125 bullet? I pulled up 125 grain 9mm on the website and get the following loads for Titegroup. 125 gr HDY HAP has a COL of 1.069 with starting load of 2.8 gr / 27,100 psi and a max load of 3.2 gr / 33,700 psi 125 gr SIE FMJ has a COL of 1.090 with starting load of 4.1 gr / 27,300 cup and a max load of 4.4 gr / 30,600 cup 125 gr LCN has a COL of 1.125 with a starting load of 3.6 gr / 22,900 cup and a max load of 4.0 gr / 40,400 cup I understand that if COL is longer, the pressure goes down assuming all other factors are the same. but are all 125 grain bullets that much different in length? What is causing this big of a discrepancy? Do you need to find a source that has the exact bullet you are using to know that you have a safe starting / ending point? Again, sorry for such a long post but I just want to make sure that I have a good understanding of using said manuals and am safe before I go load up a couple thousands rounds. Just seems weird to me that for 3 125 gr bullets you can have starting and max loads that far apart. Thanks for any insights you guys/gals are willing to share to help a guy starting over to be safe while still have good loads. Keith
  22. Not a problem guys...finally found something I can contribute to on here. lol Getting lots of great info on getting back into what used to be one of my favorite hobbies. I might have picked up 2 of them. Actually ordered 4 by accident and had to cancel the order and place it again. I still can't decide if I want to use it for 9mm or not. I know I love it for 45 but just now starting to shoot 9mm. I shoot all lead bullets and am thinking either Universal, TiteGroup or ordering some ETR7. Just about given up on any Alliant powders.
  23. Powder Valley has 8lbers of Clays in stock if anybody interested.
  24. Powder Valley has 8lbers of Clays in stock if anybody interested.
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